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Dennett, Thomas Frank Preston Thwaites

Lieut. T. F. P. T. Dennett was educated at the Whitgift School, Croydon, and Guy's Hospital. On the outbreak of war he joined the Surrey Yeomanry and went out to Egypt and the Dardanelles with the 29th Division. In March, 1916, he left for France, where he served for some time. In August, 1916, he returned to England to obtain a commission, and on December 19th, 1916, was gazetted to the Royal West Surrey Regiment. He was again sent to France, and was soon attached to the Flying Corps. On August 4th, 1917, he died of wounds received during a flight over the German lines. His squadron commander thought very highly of him, and he was extremely popular among all with whom he came in contact. In his work he was absolutely fearless. Though not at Guy's for very long he was much liked by his contemporaries, to whom his death will be a source of great sorrow. Guy's Hospital Reports Vol.LXX, War Memorial Number


First name(s)Thomas Frank Preston Thwaites
Date of birth1895
Place of birthCroydon
Family detailsSon of Frank Thwaites and Mary Isabella Dennett, "The Cedars", Pett. Hastings
Previous educationWhitgift School, Croydon
CollegeGuy's Hospital
Dates at college1 February 1914
Dept / courseDental Course, Biology
Military unitQueens Royal West Surrey Regiment (attached Royal Flying Corps - 52nd Squadron). Surrey Yeomanry at outbreak of war
Date enlisted1914, 1916 returned to England and on 19th December 1916 was gazetted to Royal West Surrey - sent to France and attached to RFC
War / conflictWorld War One (1914-1918)
CampaignsFrance, Egypt and Dardanelles
Date of death4 August 1917
Rank at death2nd Lieutenant
Cause of deathDied of wounds received during a flight over German lines
Burial placeMilitary Cemetery Coxyde
Commemoration(s)Guy's Hospital Memorial, Pett, Sussex War Memorial
NotesHome address in 1914, West View, Dunheved Road, Croydon, Surrey
SourcesGuy's Hospital Medical School Records, King's College London Archives; Commonwealth War Graves Commission

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